Professional Development Tips

LinkedIn and Learning

It’s been said, “when looking for employment it’s not what you know it’s who you know.” I believe this is true to a certain extent.  This has become a daunting task when in-person social communication has become difficult as the advancement of technology attempts to fix the issue through social media. LinkedIn helps with the notion of who you know through building a network of professionals. When it comes to the knowledge, I begin to disagree with the quote. I  believe that it is what you know as well because if you get into a position and do not know how to do the necessary task, it makes you and potential your reference look bad. LinkedIn has you covered by offering a chance to gain skills from LinkedIn Learning.

5 Tips for using LinkedIn

Keep it Professional

  • Even though LinkedIn is considered a social media platform, it’s not meant to be used in the same way. Share with your contacts things that affect your industry, common practices changing through new discoveries, etc.

Consistent with Your Resume

  • If your resume and LinkedIn does not have the same experience and information, it makes a person look untrustworthy. It becomes difficult to understand which one you are indeed. It might make a difference in whether you receive a callback or an interview based on the way you display yourself on paper and on social media.

Use to Maintain Relationships

  • It’s easy to make a connection with a person, but a link is different when you take the time to communicate and check on the people you make contact with. Many people only reach out to people when they need something without actually taking an interest in the other person and what they are doing in their lives. Social media makes it easy to connect with people, so take the chance and make an effort to stay connected.

Update…Update…Update

  • LinkedIn is a portfolio of your professional career. As time goes on for some people, it’s difficult to remember all their skill sets, or if you just need a reminder of where you been, this platform helps with that. Also, you never know who is going to view your page and want to recruit you for a new position based on your experience or to help someone to get a little understanding of who you when interviewing for a position.

Stay Learning

  • LinkedIn Learning provides you access to professionals and offers you a chance to learn new skills in your area of interest. No matter what industry you are in your going to have to stay relevant and this site offers this chance in the business field.

So stay growing in your career, connected with other professionals, and keep learning to stay current as progression takes place.

Professional Development Tips

Elevator Speech

According to Investopedia, an “elevator pitch is a slang term used to describe a brief speech that outlines an idea for a product, service or project. The name comes from the notion that the speech should be delivered in the short time of an elevator ride, usually 20-60 seconds (Staff, I).”

Elevator Speech has multiple uses from business to nonbusiness interactions. The only difference is tailoring each speech to different settings, similar to how a resume is tailored to each job description. Whatever the situation is, effective communication is vital in how you express yourself.

Does this scenario happen to you or look similar to what happens to you?

Scene: Career Fair
(Sara walks up to a booth of a company that she has known about and done research about.)

Sara: Hi

Potential Association: Do you want to know about our company? Or are you interested in this type of industry? What kind of position are you looking to be in?

Sara: I am not sure.

Potential Association: Well let me tell you a little about the company.

(The potential association person hands her a filer about the program. Sara stands there and listens to the person. While she is there, she is beating herself up because she let the fear of their position get the best of her.)

Sara: Okay thank you for the information.
(Sara walks away feeling disappointed because of the impression she made when she knew it could have been done differently.)

The elevator speech can raise fear in some people but is the best expression of who you are, so don’t be intimated because you know all the answers about yourself and your experience.

Tips:

Express Your Passion
When you have a passion or drive for something, it makes it easy to talk about. It will also take some of the pressure off of yourself (Gregory, A).

Use the KISS Principle
The acronym KISS represents the principal keep it simple sweetie. To be able to communicate well it’s better and easier to remember if you’re not overly elaborate (What is Keep It Simple Stupid Principle). Then it also allows it to be a conversation by letting the other person ask questions if they’re interested in what you’re talking about.

Attention Grabbing
Let’s be honest when something is interesting to the person receiving information, they are going to want to lean in and listen, and not become disconnected with the conversation. Think about articles for a second the stories with the best headlines are the ones that are going to get you to read it all the way through.

Practice
You have probably heard the saying practice makes perfect, and it’s a notion you can choose to believe, but I think the more you practice, the more comfortable you will become. When you’re more comfortable, it will make it easier to talk to the other person (10 Tips For A Powerful Elevator Speech), and you can focus on other aspects such as body language and maintaining eye contact.

There are many ways that an elevator speech can be conduct to be useful in creating a relationship with people for employment or mentors. The key is finding what works best for you.

References:

10 Tips For A Powerful Elevator Speech. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2018, from          https://www.workitdaily.com/elevator-speech-tips/

Crafting an Elevator Pitch: Introducing Your Company Quickly and Compellingly. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/elevator-pitch.htm

Gregory, A. (n.d.). Essential Tips for Writing an Effective Elevator Pitch. Retrieved May 28, 2018, from https://www.thebalancesmb.com/writing-effective-elevator-pitch-2951691

Staff, I. (2017, December 07). Elevator Pitch. Retrieved May 28, 2018, from https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/elevatorpitch.asp

What is Keep It Simple Stupid Principle (KISS Principle)? – Definition from Techopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2018, from https://www.techopedia.com/definition/20262/keep-it-simple-stupid-principle-kiss-principle